Welcome to ALICE!

 

Welcome to the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange, or ALICE, the one-stop web-based public library of progressive state and local laws.  The library includes model laws, meaning suggested general language for a law, ready to be tailored to a particular jurisdiction; "exemplary" laws that have been introduced or enacted somewhere and are worthy of replication; and various types of "supports" that help to make the argument for particular laws.  The ALICE library now houses over 2,100 exemplary laws, model laws, and supporting research documents!

BREAKING NEWS: The Progressive States Network (PSN) will be merging with ALICE to create a new organization to support progressive legislators and partner organizations across the country. For more information, check out the Joint Statement on the PSN and ALICE Merger from ALICE Executive Director, Nick Rathod, and PSN Board Chair, Sen. Joe Bolkcom.

   
 

Next Event:

August 18-22, 2014
National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit
Minneapolis, MN

               
 

Missouri passes right to farm amendement

Voters in the state of Missouri narrowly passed a constitutional amendment establishing a "right to farm" in the state. The amendment ensures that "agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed," placing severe impediments to future regulation on large farming operations. Missouri joins North Dakota in passing a "right to farm" amendment, drawing language from a model law written by ALEC.

   

Massachusetts passes new clinic buffer zone law

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill regarding reproductive health clinics that allows peaceful protests while protecting patients and employees from harassment. This law is a response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision which struct down Massachusetts' previous buffer zone law. Under the new law, protesters who block entrances or threaten and harasss employees or patients are subject to dispersal or criminal charges.

   

How to Use the ALICE Website

There are many ways to search the ALICE library to find exactly what you are looking for. There are many parameters that you can utilize to search the library, including subject, policy area, year, state, source, and more. This brief tutorial on how to use the alicelaw.org website can help you find innovative and progressive legislation and supporting research documents with ease.

 

   

   

 

New York first state to propose Bitcoin regulation

New York may soon be the first state in the country to regulate Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Bitcoin is not backed by any government entity and can be traded anonymously, making it an attractive currency for illegal activity. The proposed rules require all businesses wishing to store, control, buy, sell, or transfer virtual currency to obtain a license. The rules seek to protect customer assets and discourage illegal uses such as money laundering and the purchasing of contraband by prohibiting anonymous business transactions.

   

City ordinances criminalizing homelessness on the rise

A new report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) examines nationwide increases in city ordinances that outlaw life sustaining behaviors of the homeless. These ordinances are framed by city officials as an attempt to help the homeless; however, a body of evidence, including a government report, suggests that programs that provide permanent housing and access to drug and alcohol treatment are more successful and economically effective solutions. Check out the NLCHP report to view its policy recommendations for addressing homelessness. 

   

New York City to begin issuing Municipal ID cards

New York City will now issue municipal ID cards to residents regardless of immigration status. This new policy will provide immigrant populations with a valuable document that can be used to utilize previously unaccessible services and programs. With these IDs, immigrants can apply for health care, check out library books, open a bank account, and more. Check out ALICE's municipal ID card toolkit to find out more about the myriad benefits this policy can provide to immigrant communities.